was an entrepreneur, real estate developer, and long time supporter of many Michigan State University programs. Joe was
born in Dresden, Tennessee and attended college at the University of Tennessee. After a tour in the National Guard, Joe joined
Standard Oil Co. as a sales representative and soon became the Real Estate Manager for Standard Oil in the State of Michigan.
In 1962, he left to pursue a career in commercial real estate development and the rest is history. Over the years, Joe was
involved in over 2,000 real estate related transactions and played an integral part in the shaping of the Greater Lansing
His business and social associations included:
and President of Better Properties Inc.
Founding Director of Republic Bank
Chairman of the
Board of Republic Bancorp Central
Director of First Union (Wachovia) National Bank of Florida
Founding Director of Mercantile Bank of Naples,Florida
Co-Founder of the National Association of Corporate Real
Member of Walnut Hills Country Club in East Lansing, Michigan
Member of Prestancia Country Club in Sarasota,Florida
Member of the Elks
Shriner of Elf
Khurafeh Temple, Saginaw MI
Life-time member Ashlar Masonic Lodge, #91, Detroit, MI.
His love and support for MSU goes back over 35 years.
His philanthropy was consistent, generous and has affected
many people over the years as a result of major contributions to:
Spartan Stadium Expansion Project/MSU Football Program
Berkowitz Basketball Complex
Bell Student-Athlete Academic Center
Animal Science Program
Wrestling Locker Room Renovations
MSU College of Human Medicine
Jack Breslin Professorship in Oncology
for Student Athletes Program.
His affiliations with MSU are:
Member of the Ralph Young Fund
Member of the MSU Snyder Society
Life Member of the MSU Alumni Association
Honorary Member of the MSU Varsity Alumni "S" Club
Charter Member of the Langdon Legacy